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Procedural Guide E060-0570 RATE CHANGE REQUEST FOR REGIONAL CENTER ARM (ALTERNATIVE RESIDENTIAL MODEL) RATES AND

DUAL AGENCY RATES Date Issued: 08/23/10 New Policy Release Revision of Existing Procedural Guide E060-0570, Rate Change Request for Regional Center ARM (Alternative Residential Model) Rates and Dual Agency Rates dated 03/18/10. Current Revision are Highlighted. This procedural guide reflects a change in the Notice of Action instruction. Cancels: None DEPARTMENTAL VALUES This policy supports the Departments goal of improved safety and timelines to permanency for children by providing staff with procedural guidelines on setting up dual agency care rates for children who are California Regional Center clients and receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC), Kin-GAP or Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Benefits. WHAT CASES ARE AFFECTED This Procedural Guide is applicable to all new and existing cases where a child is receiving AFDC- FC or AAP benefits and is concurrently a consumer of Regional Center services (also referred to as a dual agency child). OPERATIONAL IMPACT California Regional Centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the State Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. Welfare and Institution Code Section (WIC) 4512(a), defines a developmental disability as a disability that originates before an individual attains age 18 years, continues, or can be expected to continue, indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial disability for that individual. This may include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. It also includes disabling conditions found to be closely related to mental retardation or to require treatment

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similar to that required for individuals with mental retardation, but shall not include other handicapping conditions that are solely physical in nature. California Regional Centers also provide services through the Early Start Intervention Program. Infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months may be eligible for these early intervention services, if through documented evaluation and assessment, they meet one of the following criteria: have a developmental delay in either cognitive, communication, social or emotional, adaptive, or physical and motor development including vision and hearing; or have established risk conditions of known etiology, with a high probability of resulting in delayed development. Regional Center Rates: Effective July 1, 2007, the following are the rates for dual agency children who receive AFDC-FC or AAP benefits, and are concurrently consumers of California Regional Center Services (WIC Sections 11464 and 16121): $2,006.00/month for the care and supervision of children served by dual agencies three years of age and older, or under three years old but with a developmental disability as defined in WIC 4512(a) and determined by Regional Center. $898.00/month for children under the age of three years who receive services under Californias Early Start Intervention Services Act, but are not yet determined to have a developmental disability and who receive AFDCFC or AAP benefits. If a Regional Center subsequently determines that a child under three years of age is an individual with a developmental disability, the rate to be paid from the date of that determination is $2,006.00/month. An additional supplemental rate of $250, $500, $750 and up to $1,000.00/month for those children three years and older served by dual agencies determined to have extraordinary care and supervision needs. See Section C for more information. Dual Agency rates apply to the following placement categories: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. the approved home of a relative; an adoptive home; non-vendored licensed foster family home; the approved home of a non-relative extended family member; or the home of a non-related legal guardian or former non-related guardian when the guardian of a child otherwise eligible for AFDC-FC has been dismissed due to a child attaining 18 years of age. (Welfare and Institutions Code (W&IC) Sections 11402, 11461, and 362.7);

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6. a Kin-GAP child is eligible for dual agency rates, effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to AB 4. Pursuant to AB 4 and WIC 11364(e), effective July 1, 2009, if a child, while in foster care, received a dual agency rate immedicately prior to his or her enrollment in the KinGAP Program, the Kin-GAP rate will be the amount of the dual agency rate. However, if the child is an Early Start consumer, receiving a dual agency rate of $898 and the child has not been assessed a consumer of Regional Center services under WIC 11464(c), the rte may not be a continuing rate under the Kin-GAP program unless further action is taken. Note: it is unusual for a child under the age of 3 (three) years with Early Start to be referred to Kin-GAP. CWS Procedural Guide 0100-520.35, Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Program has more detailed information, including important instructions when the CSW is considering a Kin-GAP enrollment for Early Start services children. CWS Procedural Guide, 0900-511.12, Regional Center Rates for Dual Agency Chidlren provides instruction for CSWs regarding a Kin-GAP case. WIC 11364(f) also states that efective July 1, 2009, if a child, while in foster care, is receiving services under the California Early Start Intervention Services Act, and is receiving AFDC-FC benefits immediately prior to his or her enrollment in the Kin-GAP Program, the child will be considered and assessed for the dual agency rate. If the child becomes a Regional Center client, the Kin-GAP rate will be the amount of the dual agency rate. Note: Staff must ensure that the case is set up appropriately on CWS/CMS. Kin-GAP, Probation, Adoption and Mental Health cases are set up as a Non-CWD case. See Procedural Guide E090-0590, Foster Care Placement/Replacmeent, page 6,1,d), Intervention and Case Status, to assist in determining whether the case has been set up correctly. The dual agency rates are not available to Foster Family Agency (FFA) homes, group homes, and do not apply to community care facilities vendorized by a Regional Center (i.e. those that have entered a contract with the Regional Center to provide services to clients). For Regional Center vendorized homes, the AFDC-FC rate paid is based on the facility Alternative Residential Model (ARM) rate established by the Department of Developmental Services. See Procedural Guide 0100-510.35, Special Placements, for more information on placing a child in a Regional Center vendorized home. WIC 11464 also mandates that DCFS inform all recipients of AFDC-FC and AAP benefits and any prospective and new foster/adoptive parents of: 1. The new rates established for the care and supervision of children served by dual agencies and;

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2. That the law authorizes a supplemental rate of $250, $500, $750 and up to $1,000.00/month for children who require extraordinary care and supervision, along with the $2,006 rate for children three and older and; 3. That their child may be eligible to continue to receive a higher rate, pursuant to the DS ARM system for a rate established prior to July 1, 2007.

Note: Effective date shall be retroactive back to July 1, 2007 if child was made eligible for Regional Center Services prior to or on that date. If child was made eligible after July 1, 2007, the effective date shall be the effective date of childs eligibility for Regional Center services. CSWs must ensure that the child has been in the same placement for the months retroactive payments are being requested. PROCEDURES Note: As a courtesy to the CSW, on all actions requested via the DCFS 280 form, the assigned Eligibility Worker (EW) is requested to notify the Childrens Services Worker (CSW) via e-mail that the DCFS 280 was assigned to them and again at the time of assignment completion. Note: All Notices of Action (NOA) are child specific and applicable to children who were determined to be federally or State (Non-Federal) eligible. A NOA is NOT applicable if the child is GRI funded (County funds only). A NOA is completed when aid is granted or increased, denied, decreased, suspended, cancelled, discontinued or terminated. (A decrease shall include an overpayment adjustment and balancing). A NOA will also be sent when the County demands repayment of an overpayment or when the County takes action after the claimant has conditionally withdrawn a request for a State Hearing. Two (2) copies are sent to the caretaker, one (1) copy to the CSW and one (1) copy is retained in the childs eligibility case. The NA Back 9 will be attached to all NOAs. All Notification Letters are child specific, applicable to children who were determined to only be eligible for GRI (County funds) to offset placement costs. The Notification Letter will be used when aid is granted or increased, denied, decreased, suspended, cancelled, discontinued or terminated. The NA Back 9 will not be attached to Notification Letters. If a caregiver requests a Regional Center rate for a child who does not receive Regional Center services, the CSW will advise the caregiver that the child must first become eligible for Regional Center services prior to becoming eligible for the dual agency rate. The CSW will submit a DCFS 280 to the TA/EW for issuance of a Notice of Action of denial.

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A. WHEN: RATE CHANGE TO A REGIONAL CENTER ARM (ALTERNATIVE RESIDENTIAL MODEL) RATE OR A DUAL AGENCY RATE FOR FOSTER CARE CASES Technical Assistant Eligibility Supervisor Responsibility .1 Receive the DCFS 280, and any necessary attachments, (e.g. SOC 835, SOC 836, SOC 837 or ARM letter (referral request must have been prior to July 1, 2007)) from the CSW for a change to a dual agency rate (may also include supplemental). .2 Review the DCFS 280 packet to determine if all required documents are attached and the CSW, Supervising Childrens Services Workers (SCSW), and ARA (when appropriate) signatures are in place, authorizing the rate change. )a If there is missing documentation or signatures, the ES will return the packet to the requesting CSW for correction. When it is returned with appropriate documentation/signatures, assign to the TA/EW to complete the requested task. )b If all documentation and signatures are in the DCFS 280 packet, give to the Unit Clerk. )c E-mail an advanced notice to Underpayment/Payment Resolution ES, to advise her/him that a packet will be faxed to her/him for the rate increase change. )i Within 1 hour of giving the DCFS 280 and attachments to the Unit Clerk, if you have not been advised by the Unit Clerk that the packet has already been faxed to the Underpayment/Payment Resolution ES, follow up to ensure the packet is immediately faxed for processing. Note: Rate change request to Dual Agency Care rates and ARM Rates for children in Foster Care will be centralized with the Underpayment/Payment Resolution Unit in Glendora. Currently this unit is under the supervision of Ms. Kay Santangelo. Unit Clerk Responsibilities 1. Upon receiving the DCFS 280 and attachments to be faxed to the Hotline, create a cover fax sheet and fax it along with the packet to (626) 691-1136. 2. Forward the original DCFS 280 and attached documentation to the Hotline, c/o Underpayment/Payment Resolution ES at the Glendora Office. 3. Annotate on the Workload Management Log that the assignment has been forwarded to the Underpayment/Payment Resolution Unit for processing.

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Underpayment/Payment Resolution Eligibility Supervisor Responsibilities .1 Receive the alert E-mail indicating that a request for rate change of a Dual Agency Care Rate is being faxed to the unit for completion. .2 Within 2 hours of receipt of the E-mail alert, if you have not received the faxed packet (DCFS 280 and accompanying documentation): )a Check with the Hotline to determine if the fax has been received, if not then send an e-mail to the TA/ES indicating non-receipt of the Fax. Begin escalation if you do not receive the packet within 24 hours of receipt of the alert e-mail from the Regional Office. .3 Once you receive the Faxed DCFS 280 packet, review the documentation to ensure correctness of information and that you have the appropriate authorizing signatures. If there is missing information or missing signatures, communicate with the TA/ES regarding the need for immediate correction. .4 Assign to an EW to complete the requested task. .5 Access the CWS/CMS application. Review the Case Information Notebook assignment page to assign a TA/EW as a secondary assignment. .6 Save the assignment to the database. .7 Forward the DCFS 280 packet to the assigned EW for review and completion of assignment. Underpayment/Payment Resolution Eligibility Worker Responsibilities 1. Access the CWS/CMS application. a) If minor is placed in the home of a relative, payment may not start unless all federal eligibility criteria has been met (i.e. all federal requirements including home assessment). Home will remain in non-paid status until the Federal Determination has been completed and all requirements are met. Once all requirements have been met the home may be budgeted. b) If minor is placed in a licensed foster home, non-related legal guardian home, or NREFM placement, upon review of all documentation to ensure accuracy and completeness (including appropriate signatures), complete budgeting actions. 2. Look at CWS case notes (if any) (Green button, Case Management), CWS/CMS Client Services ID (under blue button) and ID Num Page to review prior out-ofhome episodes, the responsible agency, and aid code.

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3. Go to the Placement Notebook, Ongoing Request tab then go to the APPS Schedule/Level drop down for the Basic rate row and select one of the following: a) RG - for Group Homes; or b) RF - for Non-Group Homes (select this for continued placements currently receiving a higher non-standard rate); c) P1-CBPP Specialized Care and Shelter Allowance; d) P2-CBPP Specialized Care Ongoing; 4. If requested, create a new row for the supplement to the rate; a) Select the SCI rate radio button, enter the start date and amount; b) Select County Authorized Allowance from the Payment Type dropdown menu; c) Write in the Reason Description box Dual Agency Minor with Supplement. 5. Set up approval action for ES review; 6. Annotate in case notes all actions taken; 7. Advise CSW and case carrying EW that the assignment has been completed; 8. Send a Notice of Action of Rate Change and the information on filing an appeal to the Caregiver, a copy to the CSW and include a copy with the packet that is being sent to the case carrying EW. 9. Send a copy of all documentation to the case carrying EW to be placed in the Income Maintenance folder. 10. Forward completed assignment to ES for review and approval. Eligibility Supervisor Responsibilities 1. Review completed assignment. a) If there are omissions or information is incorrect, return to EW for correction. b) Upon return of corrected assignment, complete approval actions and stop file number, indicating completion of assignment. Save to the database.

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B. WHEN: RATE CHANGE TO A REGIONAL CENTER ARM (ALTERNATIVE RESIDENTIAL MODEL) RATE OR A DUAL AGENCY RATE FOR AAP CASES Child is in receipt of AAP Note: If Regional Center rate is for an AAP case, Adoptions CSWs must fax the DCFS 280 and attachments to the AAP Intake Unit. Non-Finalized AAP cases will remain with the Intake AAP Unit for processing, however, for cases that have been finalized the assignment will be referred to the AAP Recertification Unit for completion of assignment. AAP (Intake or Recertification) Eligibility Supervisor Responsibilities 1. Receive the AAP2 and/or AD 4320, and any necessary attachments, (e.g. SOC 835, SOC 836, SOC 837, or ARM letter (referral request must have been prior to July 1, 2007)) from the Adoptions CSW for a change in the dual agency rate (including supplemental rate). 2. Review the AAP 2 packet to determine if all required documents are attached and the CSW and Supervising Childrens Services Workers (SCSW), ARA (when appropriate) signatures are in place, authorizing the rate change. a) If there is missing documentation or signatures, the ES will return the packet to the requesting CSW for correction. When it is returned with appropriate documentation/signatures, assign to an AAP Eligibility Worker for completion of the assignment. 3. Forward the packet to the assigned EW for completion of assignment. AAP Intake or Recertification Eligibility Worker Responsibilities 1. Look at CWS case notes (if any) (Green button, Case Management), CWS/CMS Client Services ID (under blue button) and ID Num Page to review prior out-ofhome episodes, the responsible agency, and aid code. 2. Go to the Placement Notebook, Ongoing Request tab then go to the APPS Schedule/Level drop down for the Basic rate row and select on the of the following: a) RG - for Group Homes; or b) RF - for Non-Group Homes (select this for continued placements currently receiving a higher non-standard rate); c) P1-CBPP Specialized Care and Shelter Allowance;

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d) P2-CBPP Specialized Care Ongoing; 3. If requested, create a new row for the supplement to the rate; a) Select the SCI rate radio button, enter the start date and amount; b) Select County Authorized Allowance from the Payment Type dropdown menu; 4. Set up approval action for ES review; 5. If there is an existing assigned AAP Recertification Worker, a copy of all documentation and forms will be sent to them for storage in the childs eligibility folder. 6. Advise Recertification EW that the assignment has been completed; 7. Send a Notice of Action of Rate Change and the information on filing an appeal to the Caregiver. 8. Send a copy of all documentation to the case carrying EW to be placed in the Income Maintenance folder. 9. Forward completed assignment to ES for review and authorization. AUTHORIZATION LEVELS Section A Level CSW, SCSW Authorization DCFS 280 for Dual Agency Rate or Early Start Intervention rate. ARM Rate When requesting the supplemental rate AAP 2 for Dual Agency Rate or Early Start Intervention rate. ARM Rate When requesting the supplemental rate

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OVERVIEW OF STATUES/REGULATIONS All County Letter No. 08-54, Dated December 1, 2008 All County Letter No. 08-17, Dated March 28, 2008 Senate Bill 84, Chapter 177, Statutes of 2007 All County Letter No. 03-60, Dated November 13, 2003 All County Letter No. 98-28, Dated May 4, 1998 All County Information Notice No. 1-74-04, Dated May 4, 1998 All County Letter No. 09-45, Dated September 30, 2009

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LINKS California Code Division 31 Regulations Title 22 Regulations http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html http://www.cdss.ca.gov/ord/PG309.htm http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/ord/PG295.htm

Instructions Regarding the Supplement to the Rate Pain on Behalf of a Dual Agency Child: http://dss.cahwnet.gov/lettersnotices/entres/getinfo/acl08/08-54.pdf> Instructions Regarding the Dual Agency Rate: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/lettersnotices/entres/getinfo/acl08/08-17.pdf All County Letter (ACL) No. 09-45 RELATED POLICIES E030-0530 E050-0510 E100-0510.11 E100-0510.13 Relative (Youakim) Foster Care Kin-GAP CWS/CMS Budget Actions CWS/CMS Search Actions FORMS AAP 2 AD 4320 DCFS 280 SOC 835 SOC 836 SOC 837 NOA 290 Payment Instruction Adoptions Assistance Program Adoption Assistance Agreement Technical Assistant Action Request Supplement to the Dual Agency Request Supplement to the Rate Eligibility Form Supplement to the Rate Questionnaire Rate Change

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